Neolithic Revolution

Topic: How did establishing settlements lead to the first development of farms?

Objectives & Outcomes

  • Students will be able to explain how the first settlements led to the development of farms during the Neolithic revolution.


  • Picture cards of settlements and farms
  • Construction paper, scissors, glue, and markers for independent practice activities


  • Ask students if they have ever been to a farm or know anyone who works on a farm.
  • Ask them to share their experiences and what they saw on the farm.
  • Ask them what they think led to the development of farms.

Direct Instruction

  • Explain that before the Neolithic Revolution, people lived as hunter-gatherers, moving from place to place to find food.
  • Explain that the Neolithic Revolution was the first development of farms, and it happened because people began to settle in one place and start to grow their own food.
  • Show pictures of different types of farms and explain how they differ from one another (e.g. farms that grow different types of crops, farms that raise different types of animals).
  • Discuss the benefits of having farms, such as being able to produce a lot of food and having a stable source of food.

Guided Practice

  • Divide the students into small groups and give each group a set of pictures of different types of farms.
  • Have the students use the pictures to create a chart that compares and contrasts the different types of farms.
  • As a class, discuss the similarities and differences among the different types of farms.

Independent Practice

  • Have the students choose one type of farm to research in more detail.
  • Have the students create a project that presents their findings, such as a poster, a presentation, or a written report.


  • Review the key points of the lesson and discuss the importance of farms in human civilization.
  • Ask the students to reflect on what they learned by writing a short paragraph about their favorite farm animal and why they like it.


  • Observe the students during the independent practice activity and provide feedback on their presentations.
  • Collect and grade the students' paragraphs for understanding of the topic.

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